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State-of-the-art water treatment for Bourke

The new Bourke water treatment plant in foreground will be completed by mid 2021. Photo supplied by Bourke Shire Council.

Water quality issues in Bourke are improving with the imminent commissioning of the new water treatment plant.

Bourke Mayor Barry Hollman said the equipment in the new water treatment plant was state-of-the-art and was another component in drought-proofing Bourke and securing usable water supplies into the future.

“Councillors recently had an opportunity to inspect the plant and I have to say, Bourke will be blessed to undoubtedly have one of the top filtration plants in NSW,” Councillor Hollman said.

“It is something the town should be really pleased with.

“It’s a $10.5-million project, so you can imagine what it is like, and we plan to have an public open day for the community to have a look through in coming months.”

Mayor Hollman said if all went to plan, the water treatment plant would be commissioned in June or July this year and the community would be invited to have a tour of the facility once it was operational.

The treatment plant will incorporate the reverse osmosis mobile plant that was installed at the height of the drought when sodium levels in the town’s drinking water exceeded acceptable levels.

Councillor Hollman said the treatment technology would greatly improve the quality of the town’s filtered water.

“That technology is quite mind boggling,” he said, “it has the capacity to treat 3.5 megalitres of water each day – that’s 3.5 million litres per day!”

“The new plant can also treat water with high levels of sodium and has been set up to dose the water with activated carbon when the water is muddy, and ‘tastes’ become noticeable.

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